EARL WATT • Leader & Times
Liberal fans got their first look at the Liberal Redskins under coach Brandt Rogers Tuesday in the first-ever jamboree allowed by the Kansas High School Athletic Association.
Liberal faced Scott City and Stanton County, and the focus on a full court press was evident throughout the night.
The Redskins displayed a high-intensity defense and found offense in the paint as well as at the three-point line.
“I like the way our press looked,” Rogers said. “We have some clean up to do, but getting to see two other press breaks — I may be a little biased but I think our press break works better against our offense than theirs did. I was happy how they played hard. Offensively we executed. We got some easy lay-ups, some wide open jump shots. We were active.”
Rogers is implementing his style of play, and he said he felt comfortable with the roster he has.
“The guys fit what I want to do,” he said. “I experimented at smaller schools because you don’t always have the guys to run your scheme. We are back to running high ball screen action, getting people out of their comfort zone on defense. It’s been a great transition so far.”
Rogers also believed depth will be an advantage.
“We put in people up and down our roster, and they executed,” he said. “Zayden (Martinez) and Brooks (Kappelmann) are intelligent. They understand the concepts, the math of the movements. They will be players we will have to rely on.”
Liberal will open the regular season at 7:30 p.m. Friday when they host the Ulysses Tigers.